Breed of the Month ~ March 2015 ~ Chinese Crested
Congratulations to Carol "Crickett" Lund !!

From Promo Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show 2015 - KWGN 2/KDVR 31
with Rene Green and Carol "Crickett" Lund

Ever wanted a small unusual gay and alert little dog with a mysterious history? Then the Chinese Crested may be the one for you. For those of you that are not familiar with a Crested, they come in two varieties.

One is Hairless with just a little hair on the head (the crest), on the feet and on the tail and the other fully coated called a Powderpuff. Both can be born in the same litter, the Hairless having one dominate gene and one recessive gene and the Puff having two recessive genes. Zygotes that receive two dominate genes will never develop into puppies and will are reabsorbed in the womb.

The Crested is a family breed, wanting to be with the family members, including children. The breed can be timid with strangers unless properly socialized, in which case they can become very outgoing. They love to be cuddled and are very playful. They are also are wonderful “singers”. Due to their small size they great for apartments. They are able to get plenty exercise running and playing around the house. The Crested is an intelligent breed, doing well in obedience and agility. They can be sensitive and do not do well with harsh corrections.

The Chinese Crested is a toy dog, fine-boned, elegant and graceful. The ideal height ranges from 11 to 13 inches and temperament should be gay and alert. They can be any color. This breed is good for allergy sufferers since they are hypo-allergenic due to being odorless and non-shedding. The skin of the hairless is very similar to human skin. The dog can sweat which makes the skin susceptible to acne, blackheads, dryness and sunburn.

Their history is very mysterious with many theories about their origins. One theory believes they came from Africa, called the African Hairless Terrier. Another theory is they came from the Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintli) mixed with another breed. Genetic evidence seems to bear this out.

What seems to be clear is that there is a written history about the breed as far back in the 13th century in China. In the 16th century, Chinese traders bartered for the dogs, believed to be prized in China for their smaller size.

The Chinese sailors, during the plague, stowed the dogs away on board ships to hunt vermin which were greatly infested with fleas caring the disease. Because the hairless skin feels very warm, they also served as hot water bottle for the sailors. The Crested started to appear in paintings in the mid-19th century in England. Three Chinese Cresteds were shown in 1878 at Gilmore Garden (predecessor to Madison Square Garden) show.

In the mid 1960s the American Hairless Dog Club was founded as a registry for all hairless breeds. The American Chinese Crested Club was formed in 1979. The Crested competed in the American Kennel Club’s Miscellaneous Class in 1985. They were given full recognition by AKC in 1991.

I got my first dog in 1980, a Papillon. In 1982 I got my second Papillon. The breeder suggested that I start training the puppy soon, so I took my first Papillon to obedience class. Doing so well in class, the trainer encouraged me to enter her in obedience at an AKC show in Boise. She won first place her first show and I was hooked. In 1984, from the first and only breeding I ever did, I got my third Papillon. Then I moved to Denver.

My second Papillon was a special girl. She helped Freedom Service Dogs raise money by setting on a table with a sign in her mouth saying “Please Donate” ($12,000 raised) and a Prescription Pet therapy dog at Children’s Hospital. In the early 1990s she accompanied me on a trip to St. Louis with Freedom Service Dogs to the Assistance Dogs International conference. There I met a Nun from Washington that had a Chinese Crested Powderpuff as a demo dog.

Then in 2000, my third Papillon was the only girl I had left, and she was 16 years old. I went to the Rocky Mountain Cluster dog shows to find a local Papillon Breeder. I had in mind that I wanted to see if there were any local Papillons with a similar temperament to my second dog. After watching the dogs in the confirmation ring and going up to the obedience area, I didn’t see what I was looking for. Then I remembered that Nun from Washington and the Puff she had, so I wondered over to the Crested ring. And there she was, just what I was looking for, just a different breed. I talked to the exhibitor (also a breeder) and she said that she was breeding that girl in the summer. So we exchanged information and that summer she called saying she had a litter of three, two hairless girls and one powderpuff girl. I went to see the litter and fell in love with the puff. Just the temperament I was looking for.

The big day came and I brought my new little girl, Zaudi, home. I swear, that little puppy walked 10 feet into my home, turned around and looked at me with the eyes that said “I LIED”. It turned out she really didn’t have the temperament I was looking for, and I have been very thankful ever since. She has been such a joy and more fun than I could have imagined. A year later, Sammy joined us. She was already a year old and did have the temperament I thought I was looking for. She has been my princess.

Several Crested people have asked me what is smarter, the Papillon or the Crested. I tell them they are equally as smart. The difference is the Papillon looks at you and says “what may I do for you”. The Crested looks at you and says “what in it for me”. Once you find their motivation, they pick up what you want really quickly. Otherwise, you are completely under their control.


Both Zaudi and Sammy have finished their championship, Zaudi in 2005 and Sammy in 2006. Zaudi took a Toy Group 1 at the Colorado Kennel Show in 2005 and two Toy Group 1 at the International All Breed Canine Association of America shows. Sammy in 2006 was rated 36 in her breed with AKC. Not too bad for a person that didn’t go to a lot of shows and never showed in confirmation until she got her first Crested. After she finished her championship, Zaudi became a Prescription Pet therapy dog at Children’s Hospital.

My girls are now 14 and it time to start that search again. Too bad they cannot stay with us forever, but you never know if you bring home another little puppy and it turns to you and says “I LIED” and it becomes the joy of your life.


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